Preview For Two Exhibitions
Jul
6
6:00 PM18:00

Preview For Two Exhibitions

Please come and enjoy a relaxed visit to the museum and galleries for an evening Preview of two new exhibitions; have a glass of wine, some nibbles and chat to our staff and volunteers.

‘Roelof Uys: Works Of Function, Works Of Art’, presented in the Entrance Gallery is Lead Potter Roelof’s first solo show since joining the Leach Pottery 5 years ago. This exhibition presents an exclusive body of work comprising 200 new pots. It features functional domestic wares like mugs, teapots and sake cups, as well as larger decorative jars, chargers, and vases.

The exhibition will run in the Entrance Gallery from 7 July - 7 October 2018

All works for sale

Our other exhibition is '10 Years On'. To complement its 10 Year Celebrations the Leach Pottery presents ‘Leach Pottery Studio: 10 Years On’, an exhibition featuring potters who have worked in the Leach Studio since opening 10 years ago. 

There will be a diverse array of pots to view and buy, all with a truly international theme – as is the tradition of the Leach Pottery. Expect all manner of domestic wares for your home and kitchen, including special decorative pieces, made by established and early career potters from as near as Cornwall and as far away as Japan, India and the USA.

The exhibition will runs in the Leach Pottery Shop Gallery 7 July - 7 September 2018

All works for sale

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Demonstration & Talk: Kazuya Ishida
May
31
2:00 PM14:00

Demonstration & Talk: Kazuya Ishida

We are very happy that Kazuya Ishida from Bizen, Japan, will be returning to the pottery at the end of May. Kazuya spent a week in our studio in April 2018 making some breath taking pieces that were fired in Oxford University's Anagama kiln.

Kazuya will be holding a talk and demonstrating his amazing work on Thursday 31st May at 2pm.

£15 per person. Limited places available. 

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Half Day Taster Session: Throwing
May
10
10:00 AM10:00

Half Day Taster Session: Throwing

This short course offers an introduction to throwing for beginners, covering: clay preparation, wedging, centering clay on the wheel and throwing basic cylinders. The workshop is taught by one of our professional potters. Other dates are available throughout the year.

Overview

  • Cost: £50 per person, including tuition, materials and tools
  • 10am – 12.30pm
  • Maximum of 4 students
  • Firing is not included but you are welcome to take your pots and have them fired elsewhere.

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Adult Evening Class: Hand-building in Clay
May
3
to May 9

Adult Evening Class: Hand-building in Clay

In this creative 8 week course you will be introduced to a range of hand-building techniques in clay including pinching, slab building and coiling. You will learn clay preparation; tile making; creative decorating techniques using slips and glazes and how to think creatively about what you are making.  There is also a Raku firing during one of the sessions; an opportunity not to be missed. 

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Adult Evening Class:  Throwing- Clay on the Wheel
May
2
to May 9

Adult Evening Class: Throwing- Clay on the Wheel

Britta James, one of our skilled production potters from the Studio will be teaching this 8 week course and will take you through the full process of 'throwing- clay on the wheel' from clay preparation, to centring turning and decorating techniques.  You will make a range of bowls, mugs and dishes; up to 20 pieces and will develop your own style in production throwing.

(A further one day glazing course is offered at the end of each 8 week block where you will be able to glaze all your bisque ware)

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Poetry Workshop
Apr
19
10:00 AM10:00

Poetry Workshop

Katrina Naomi after returning from 6-weeks in Japan, and as part of her residency at the Leach Pottery, she is running a one-day Japanese-themed poetry workshop. The workshop is open to all - from beginners to more experienced poets.  She will be looking at Japanese forms of poetry and Japanese poets - with a focus on female poets.   She will also be writing in response to the current exhibitions at the Leach Pottery. Bring pens, paper and come prepared to write.

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Open Weekend : Easter
Mar
31
to Apr 1

Open Weekend : Easter

The Leach Pottery continues celebrating its ‘10 Year Anniversary’, including the launch of a new Leach Trail, a second Open Weekend, where you can visit the museum free of charge on Saturday and Sunday. We will also be holding one of our very popular ‘Spring Seconds Sales’ - a chance to snap up a bargain from our range of Leach standard ware and individual potters' work.

For more information about our 10 Year Anniversary Celebrations please follow this link

10 Year Anniversary

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Spring Seconds Sale
Mar
31
to Apr 1

Spring Seconds Sale

As part of our Easter Open Weekend we will be having a ‘Spring Seconds Sale’ - a chance to buy at very reduced prices from our range of Leach standard ware and individual potters' work.

These sales are normally extremely popular so come early to avoid disappointment!

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10 Year Celebration Talks - Talk 3 : The Leach Pottery Today
Mar
30
3:30 PM15:30

10 Year Celebration Talks - Talk 3 : The Leach Pottery Today

The Leach Pottery is celebrating its ‘10 Year Anniversary’; in March 2008, the fully restored and rejuvenated Leach Pottery reopened to the public after closing its doors in 2005. To thank all the people involved - especially visitors and supporters from the local community to the far reaches of the globe, the Leach Pottery is organising a series of talks, exhibitions, events, and creative sessions.

There will be three talks/panels on 30 March, hosted by Professor Simon Olding - Director of the Crafts Study Centre and Chair of the Leach Pottery's Board of Trustees.

This talk, 'The Leach Pottery Today', focusses on where the Leach Pottery is today and heading in the future. We look forward to hearing contributions from:

  • Libby Buckley: Director of the Leach Pottery from 2016, previously the Director of the Telegraph Museum Porthcurno for five years 
  • Matthew Foster: the Leach Pottery's second Seasalt Apprentice, starting in 2015 
  • Callum Trudgeon: the Leach Pottery's first Seasalt Apprentice (2014-17), now working as a Leach Production Potter 
  • Roelof Uys: Lead Potter of the Leach Studio, Roelof started at the Pottery in 2013.
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10 Year Celebration Talks - Talk 2 : The Fledgling Years
Mar
30
12:30 PM12:30

10 Year Celebration Talks - Talk 2 : The Fledgling Years

The Leach Pottery is celebrating its ‘10 Year Anniversary’; in March 2008, the fully restored and rejuvenated Leach Pottery reopened to the public after closing its doors in 2005. To thank all the people involved - especially visitors and supporters from the local community to the far reaches of the globe, the Leach Pottery is organising a series of talks, exhibitions, events, and creative sessions.

There will be three talks/panels on 30 March, hosted by Professor Simon Olding - Director of the Crafts Study Centre and Chair of the Leach Pottery's Board of Trustees.

This talk, 'The Leach Pottery Fledgling Years', focusses on the emergent years of the newly re-opened Leach Pottery. We look forward to hearing contributions from:

  • Jacob Bodilly: one of the first 'Start Up Potters' in 2008, Jacob left to work at Boscean Pottery, St Just, in 2010 before relocating to Devon where he works near Holcombe Rogus 
  • Jack Doherty: the first Lead Potter at the Leach Pottery (2008 - 2013), establishing the Production Studio and designing a domestic range of soda-fired tableware. Now living and working in Mousehole
  • Michel Francois: one of the first 'Start Up Potters' in 2008,Michel left in 2009 to set up a studio outside Helston. Michel now has a gallery and studio in Falmouth.
  • FREE EVENT

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10 Year Celebration Talks - Talk 1 : Saving The Leach Pottery
Mar
30
10:30 AM10:30

10 Year Celebration Talks - Talk 1 : Saving The Leach Pottery

The Leach Pottery is celebrating its ‘10 Year Anniversary’; in March 2008, the fully restored and rejuvenated Leach Pottery reopened to the public after closing its doors in 2005. To thank all the people involved - especially visitors and supporters from the local community to the far reaches of the globe, the Leach Pottery is organising a series of talks, exhibitions, events, and creative sessions.

There will be three talks/panels on 30 March, hosted by Professor Simon Olding - Director of the Crafts Study Centre and Chair of the Leach Pottery's Board of Trustees.

This talk, the 'Leach Restoration Project - Saving The Leach Pottery', focusses on how the Leach Pottery came to be saved from possible redevelopment. We look forward to hearing contributions from:

  • John Bedding: ex-Leach Apprentice, Honary [Leach] Potter, owner of Gaolyard Studios, and potter - became a founding trustee in the Leach Pottery Restoration project in 2004 
  • Tamsin Daniels: from 2001, Culture Officer at Penwith District Council - responsible for attracting investment in cultural projects and integral to the Leach Pottery's redevelopment. Today, leading on cultural capital projects for Cornwall Council
  • Lady Carol Holland: key fundraiser and organiser in the establishment of the Tate St Ives, Carol went on to Chair the Leach Pottery Restoration Group.
  • FREE EVENT

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Open Weekend
Mar
24
to Mar 25

Open Weekend

Come and visit us on Saturday and Sunday as part of our Open Weekend. Enjoy free entry to the museum to see our two new exhibitions, sign up for your Leach Locals' Pass, and get involved in our Free family Hey Clay activities in the Clore Studio, as part of the Crafts Council’s national event.

To find out more about our 10 Year Anniversary celebrations please follow this link

10 Year Anniversary

 

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Exhibition Preview - 'Reunion: Potters From The Time Of Bernard Leach' & '10 Year Anniversary'
Mar
23
6:00 PM18:00

Exhibition Preview - 'Reunion: Potters From The Time Of Bernard Leach' & '10 Year Anniversary'

You are warmly invited to the opening of two new exhibitions.  ‘Reunion: Potters From The Time Of Bernard Leach’ (24 March - 1 July 2018) - a selling exhibition presented in the Reception Gallery, showcasing pots from working potters who apprenticed, trained, and worked, during the time of Bernard Leach and, at the same time, the opening of a new Cube Gallery exhibition ‘10 Year Anniversary’ (24 March 2018 - March 2019), telling the story of the Leach Pottery’s renovation and renewal.

Please come and enjoy a relaxed visit to the museum and galleries, have a glass of wine, some nibbles and chat to our staff and volunteers.

For more information about our 10 Year Anniversary celebrations, please follow this link

10 Year Anniversary

 

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Workshop Inspired By Janet Leach : Free 'Have-A-Go' session
Mar
23
1:00 PM13:00

Workshop Inspired By Janet Leach : Free 'Have-A-Go' session

Janet Leach, who worked at and ran the Leach Pottery for almost 40 years, would be celebrating her 100th birthday on 15 March 2018. To celebrate her birthday, we are holding a free ‘Have A Go’ session in the Museum  on Friday 23 March from 1pm onwards. 

The workshop will be inspired by Janet’s unique style in hand-building and her expressive use of slips influenced by Japanese decorating methods.

Born in Texas and brought up by devout Methodist parents, Janet rebelled from their ‘prejudices’ and attended art school before moving to New York where she started her career as a sculptor. 

Throughout her early life, Janet was constantly seeking out her own path and eventually found clay through Bernard Leach, and his writings, and then through Shoji Hamada who she then trained under in Japan.

In the mid-1950s, Janet married Bernard Leach and moved to St Ives to begin her career at the Leach Pottery. She made pots until her death in 1997.

 

 

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Open Day :  Workshop & Events
Mar
23
1:00 PM13:00

Open Day : Workshop & Events

The Leach Pottery begins its ‘10 Year Anniversary’ with an Open Day that continues throughout the weekend: the Museum will be free to visit from 1pm onwards on Friday.

As part of the opening you will able to enjoy a new hands-on, family- focussed Janet Leach inspired clay activity in the Museum, see two new exhibitions prior to their official opening in the evening: ‘Reunion: Potters From The Time Of Bernard Leach’ in the Entrance Gallery and ‘10 Year Anniversary’ in the Cube Gallery, enjoy a chat and nibbles with staff and volunteers around the site and explore the pottery, museum and shop.

There will also be an opportunity to register for our new free ‘Leach Pottery Locals’ Pass’ if you live in the TR26 and TR27 postcodes, providing entry to the Leach Pottery for a year. All those registering for a ‘Locals’ Pass’, on this day, will be entered into a raffle to win one of 10 Leach Standard Ware Mugs.

No booking required but please come early, we hope it will be very busy!

For more information about other 10 year anniversary celebrations please follow this link

10 Year Anniversary

 

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Half Day Taster Session: Throwing
Mar
15
10:00 AM10:00

Half Day Taster Session: Throwing

 

This short course offers an introduction to throwing for beginners, covering: clay preparation, wedging, centering clay on the wheel and throwing basic cylinders. The workshop is taught by one of our professional potters. Other dates are available throughout the year.

Overview

  • Cost: £50 per person, including tuition, materials and tools
  • 10am – 12.30pm
  • Maximum of 4 students
  • Firing is not included but you are welcome to take your pots and have them fired elsewhere.

For more information

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Have A Go-  Janet Leach is 100
Feb
15
10:30 AM10:30

Have A Go- Janet Leach is 100

In order to mark Janet Leach's 100th Birthday coming up in a months time and to celebrate her contribution to the Leach Pottery we will be making small slab built forms using moulds and hand building techniques and then decorating them using expressive slip decoration, similar to her organic approach to making.

Janet Leach was originally from Texas and married Bernard Leach in 1955.  She was his third wife and looked after and ran the pottery alongside him for 40 years.  She had her own ideas about pottery and exhibited her work widely around the world.

This event is FREE upon entry to the museum and will take place in the Clore Learning Studio at the top of the Leach Pottery site, and is aimed for everybody to Have A GO".

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Clay Days
Feb
13
to Feb 14

Clay Days

Join us for family friendly creative sessions where your child can enjoy hands-on
clay activities during the half term holiday.
Ages 6 - 12

Cost: £8 per child per workshop including tuition, materials and firing.
Pre-booking is essential - see our website for details. 
Tues 13 February - Sculptures
Weds 14 February - Tiles

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Poet in Residence
Jan
19
to Feb 2

Poet in Residence

We are really excited about having our first ‘Poet in Residence’. Katrina Naomi is a poet, tutor/poetry mentor, translator and critic.

She has received an international grant award from Arts Council England/British Council to travel to Japan in autumn 2017 to work on her third collection. After her residency here she will be coming back on 1st March for a Poetry Workshop.

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Half day Taster Session: Throwing Taster
Jan
11
10:00 AM10:00

Half day Taster Session: Throwing Taster

 

This short course offers an introduction to throwing for beginners, covering: clay preparation, wedging, centering clay on the wheel and throwing basic cylinders. The workshop is taught by one of our professional potters. Other dates are available throughout the year.

Overview

  • Cost: £50 per person, including tuition, materials and tools
  • 10am – 12.30pm
  • Maximum of 4 students
  • Firing is not included but you are welcome to take your pots and have them fired elsewhere.

Further details

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Have A Go Xmas
Dec
21
10:30 AM10:30

Have A Go Xmas

Come and have a go at making Xmas decorations with us in the 'Hands On' activity area in the museum this Xmas Holiday.  We will be using air drying clay which can be taken away and when dry painted and hung up on your tree.  The museum will have the Old Fire lit where Bernard Leach used to sit with his team of potters and discuss the days work ahead and drink tea. 

No booking required. All participation is free on entry to the museum.  Under 18s are free.

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Adrian Brough: Throwing Course
Nov
15
10:00 AM10:00

Adrian Brough: Throwing Course

Stoneware Slipware

This is a throwing masterclass exploring form and more particularly surface, using slips, incising and other creative techniques. Held in the original throwing room of the Leach Pottery, participants in this session will enjoy the unique experience of working on Bernard Leach's historic kick wheels.

Level: Intermediate/ advanced throwers

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Feast & Flames
Nov
3
6:00 PM18:00

Feast & Flames

Join us for an informal autumn evening of feasting, music, raku pottery firing and the opening of a new exhibition : 'Teachers' Pots'.

Guests will be able to eat, drink and get creative in the inspiring surroundings of the our historic studio, gallery and garden as the Leach Pottery teams up with local wine merchant and restaurant Scarlet Wines. They will be providing a pop-up pizza kitchen using our newly built wood fired kiln and supplying international wines from their bar and award winning cider from craft producer Secret Orchard.

 

 

 

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Jill Fanshawe-Kato: Japanese Pottery for Food and Drink
Oct
28
10:00 AM10:00

Jill Fanshawe-Kato: Japanese Pottery for Food and Drink

The day will begin with an illustrated talk on Japanese Pottery for food and drink followed by lunch, a demonstration and hands-on activity based on Jill’s work.

With a focus on Japanese food and drink, this masterclass and talk will trace the influences which have contributed to this unique cuisine. In the tea ceremony, which reached its zenith in the 16th century, numerous small ceramic dishes presented on lacquer trays would be used in ceremonies lasting many hours and attended by nobility and rulers of the country.

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Autumn Talk with Dr Bonnie Kemske: 'The Teabowl: East & West' at Porthmeor Studios, St Ives
Oct
11
1:00 PM13:00

Autumn Talk with Dr Bonnie Kemske: 'The Teabowl: East & West' at Porthmeor Studios, St Ives

In this talk the Leach Pottery is proud to present Dr Bonnie Kemske, author of the new book The Teabowl: East & West, who will look at the context of the teabowl as it arose in chanoyu, Japanese tea ceremony, and the changes it has undergone through its history.

Including images of famous teabowl styles, such as Raku and Oribe, with discussion about the cultural contexts of such legendary bowls. The talk will then move forward to the 20th and 21st centuries when this iconic ceramic form travelled from Japan to Europe and the Americas, and became ubiquitous in contemporary ceramics. Considering the losses and gains made when contemporary studio ceramicists appropriated the teabowl, Dr Kemske will ask ‘are contemporary teabowls still teabowls?’.

This is a free talk organised by the Leach Pottery, St Ives. Signed copies of 'The Teabowl: East & West' will be available to purchase on the day.

Book tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/autumn-talk-with-dr-bonnie-kemske-the-teabowl-east-west-tickets-36778827463

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Have a Go Thursday
Sep
21
10:30 AM10:30

Have a Go Thursday

Our ‘Have a Go’ sessions are led by our wonderful volunteer ‘Bob’ ; an experienced potter who makes pinch pot pots and burnishes them to a high finish.  He will teach you about the nature of clay and how to manipulate it into beautiful objects, which can either be taken home (unfired) or left as part of the display within the museum. 

 

All participation is free with museum admission.

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William Marshall: The Leach Pottery’s First Apprentice
Sep
11
1:00 PM13:00

William Marshall: The Leach Pottery’s First Apprentice

Talk by Dr Matthew Tyas

St Ives Art Club (Part of September Festival)

William Marshall (1923-2007) became the Leach Pottery’s first apprentice in 1938. Working at the Pottery until the late 1970s, Bill was the Foreman and sometimes the hands of Bernard Leach. Dr Matthew Tyas presents a review of Bill’s pots and practice that called on both Leach and Oriental traditions.

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